"Two birds disputed about a kernel, when a third swooped down and carried it off.
~ Proverb from Mali~
1. Be Friendly
2. Challenge yourself ... improve your skills!
2. Inquire, think, communicate, reflect, care
Procedures for beginning class:
1) Enter class quietly
2) Unpack, organize supplies, notebooks, binder, planner
3) Copy HW from HW white board (by the door) into planer
4) Start & complete the warm-up (front white board) into your subject spiral
5) Be ready to share / discuss your thoughtful answers
6) Be focused on the next lesson / activity
What to bring to class each day (from Day 1 to Day 180)
• SEPARATE spiral notebooks for each class you have
• Daily Agenda (school supplied)
• All School 3" binder" with dividers and tabs
• 20-50 sheets of 3-hole punched lined writing paper
• 2 BLUE OR BLACK Pen for ALL writing
assignments (ERASABLE PEN
• Supply box or supply bag
• 2 PENCILS & erasers
• Handheld pencil sharpener with cover
• Color Pencils (Crayola Twistables recommended)
• Glue Sticks
• Plastic 6" ruler
• Safety scissors
• 'White Out' tape
• Small stapler and staples
• Leisure reading book
• TEXTBOOK (only when scheduled)
Classroom Survival Kit (Optional)
- Gallon size baggie
- Bottled Water
- Lip Balm
- Puzzle Book
- Hand Sanitizer
Important to Know:
1)Saving assignments in your spiral notebook or Binder: Students are
required to save all home and class learning in their individual 3 ring binders or notebooks for each class. There will be a periodic binder / notebook check.
• are created to help you learn through your innovations and thoughts
• some will be
graded for accuracy and development, while others will measure the
student mastery and learning
• are designed for practice and some will not receive points
• will sometimes be evaluated by you and your fellow students
• can be for building knowledge that will help with future assignments not to mention, tests
• are checked for timely submission and effort.
• Students with a verified absence (e.g. illness or funeral): need to complete the work or test and then turn it in the same week they returned to school for full
• Students without a verified absence: late work must be turned in before each progress report period. For example, if miss a HW or classwork in January, it must be made up before the February progress report. If you miss a HW in during the 2nd grading period, , it must be made up before the March progress report. And so on.
1) If you miss an assignment:
a) call / text / email a friend or"study buddy" to ask what you
b) check the homework board on the side of the room or Email Mr. Forfar using Schoology
2) Students are responsible to
make up any class/home work they miss. This includes tests!
~ Students and parents can access their grades online after they sign up at the school for a training.
Grades can then be found at: https://jupitergrades.com/login/
~ Report cards / progress reports are sent home every 4-5 weeks during the fall and spring semester.
~ The letter grades A, B, C, D, F are used in place of th elementary numbers (4, 3, 2, 1)
(90%-100%= A or 4) (80% - 89%= B or 3) (70% -79% = C or 2) (60% -69% = D or 1) (below 60%=F or 0)
~ Grades Weights & Categories:
• 40 % - Essay, Project, Culminating Task
• 20 % - Class Practice (warm ups, thinking on paper, Cornell Notes, KWC, rough drafts, notebooks)
• 35 % - Quiz & Test
• 5% -
Home Practice (unless part of a larger project / assignment)
You can check your grades on Schoology. If you have any questions, please ask!!!
Your progress reports will also include grades for Work Habits and Cooperation.
Work Habits and Cooperation GRADES ~
'E' (excellent) 'S' (satisfactory) and 'U' (unsatisfactory)
0-2 missing or late assignments = "E"
3-5 missing or late assignments = "S"
6+ missing or late assignments = "U"
0-2 detentions (lunch or after school) = "E"
3 detentions (lunch or after school) ="S"
more than 3 detentions (lunch or after school) ="U"
NOTE: Having U's on your report card effects your priveleges for activities such as:
Free Dress Day, Dances, Field Trips, Culmination, Beach Trip, etc.
2) Students who wish to attempt to raise their grade by way of an exemplary Extra Credit Project:
a) Schedule a meeting after school to discuss your proposal.
The meeting has to take place at least 5 weeks before the end of the semester.
Sign a contract that includes your proposal and completion schedule
d) E.C. Projects are not accepted the last 3 weeks of each semester.
Class and Home Projects
Projects are accomplished both in and out of the classroom. Big project due dates are posted several weeks ahead of time with a schedule and syllabus.
1) Will almost always take 10-20 minutes.
Needs to be completed and saved in your class notebook.
3) The daily assigned homework is meant for practice, preparation, & challenge.
Beyond that, I recommend you read at least 30 minutes every day.
Taking words off of a website or out of a book without
giving credit to your source is cheating. Copying or allowing someone
else to copy is cheating. “Sharing answers” is cheating unless you are
working together on a group project.
How Can I Improve My Grade?
Check "the 10 list":
1. Do I start class right away copying down the
homework and starting the warm-up?
2. Is my binder (or notebook) organized so it's easy to find what I need in a few seconds?
3. Do I use my class time wisely? (e.g. If I finish early, do I go back and review or think about
what I’m learning?)
4. Am I using my agenda and
turning in my projects / assignments on time?
5. Do I ask questions when I "don't get it?"
6. Do I read books besides the ones assigned in class?
4. Do I double-check my projects / assignments for mistakes?
8. Do I use a dictionary or thesaurus when I don't understand
9. What are my study habits for tests/quizzes?
(e.g. did I review my notes and text more than one day in advance? Do I use flash cards?)
• A student will be counted as tardy if they are not in their seat with their supplies out and begining class procedures at class start time.
• Students will receive detention after the second tardy which in turn will effect their work habits grade.
p.s.The average weight for a 6th grade backpack is 18.4 lbs! Please read this informative article about backpacks!
Respect ~ Emotional & Physical Safety
Students can help all other members of the school by being prepared, focused, honest and respectful.
Students who disrupt the
learning community may be asked to stay 10
minutes after school. On some occasions a student may be asked to stay
longer than 10 minutes. If this is the case, the teacher will give the
student a form notifying her/his parents the date the student is
required to stay longer than 10 minutes. If a student continues to be
disruptive, she or he will be referred to the school principal and
additional parent contact will be made.